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Graphic Design/Visual Communications

The curriculum provides learning experiences utilizing the latest industry-standard imaging software applications in both Macintosh and PC platforms. Projects provide opportunities for students to deal with clients and to accept responsibility for deadlines and quality control. Graduates assemble a comprehensive portfolio. Employment opportunities are found in a wide range of settings: print shops, service bureaus, as a member of a support team in advertising, graphic design or in-house design groups.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communication/Graphic Design will:

  • Demonstrate analytical problem solving in the development and implementation of effective visual communication.
  • Cultivate and apply creativity through free association, brainstorming, the group process and original research.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior in giving and/or receiving constructive criticism and remain flexible to make the necessary changes.
  • Integrate awareness of personal strengths and limitations with significant historic and current design trends, attitudes and values in developing effective visual communication.
  • Contribute successfully to the group process by being a team player, maintaining accessibility, remaining involved, and demonstrating reliability.
  • Develop and apply technical competencies necessary for employment in the Graphic Arts industry.
Students who successfully complete a One-Year Certificate in Advanced Graphic Design will:
  • Demonstrate analytical problem solving in the planning, development and implementation of effective visual communication.
  • Cultivate and apply creativity through free association, “brainstorming,” the group process and original research.
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior in giving and/or receiving constructive criticism and remain flexible to make the necessary changes.
  • Integrate awareness of personal strengths and limitations with significant historic and current design trends, attitudes and values in developing effective visual communications.
  • Contribute successfully to the group process by being a team player, maintaining accessibility, remaining involved and demonstrating reliability.
  • Develop and apply technical competencies necessary for employment in the Graphic Arts industry.
Program Requirements
Courses are sequential. Only students who follow the recommended sequences for the certificate may be assured of completing the program in one year. Students in the program should anticipate expenses of $650.00 per term.

Facilities
The graphics facilities include one graphic design and one digital imaging computer laboratory. Both PC and Macintosh computers are provided. Additional equipment similar to what is found in the offices of printers, designers, illustrators and the print media throughout the country is available. The facilities also include graphic design and fine art studios and display galleries for presenting student work and the work of other designers and artists. Facilities are handicapped accessible.